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Thermography may be used as an effective tool for lameness detection in sport horses. The main advantage of thermographic diagnosis is predicting lameness before clinical signs occur. The main objective of the study was to assess the usefullnes of thermography for trainers monitoring horse’s limbs. The study was conducted on 14 Polish Halfbred (sp) and 14 Arabian (oo) racing horses. Thermographic images of lower part of the limbs once per week for 6 weeks, were recorded. The temperature differences between symmetric parts of limbs were compared. For the analysis a Student’s t test, was applied. It was demonstrated that in 24 horses no changes occured, and no lameness or associated problems, were reported. One of the remaining four horses demonstrated the front limb overload, possibly associated with past injuries. Thermography assessment may be helpfull for monitoring an intensive training of horses.
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